Your guide to an iconic guitar solo.
If you're looking to move beyond pentatonic licks and develop your soloing skillset, this class is for you.
Sam will guide you through 4 class sections of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and assignments.
Step up your storytelling
You'll leave this class with a fresh batch of lead-guitar techniques that'll help you craft memorable guitar solos.
Take the next step
Once you've mastered soloing, keep progressing with advanced Master Classes and guided practice plans.
Join Pickup co-founder Sam Blakelock as he deconstructs the art of soloing through the lens and language of jazz.
In this four-part Master Class, Sam will set you on the right path to solo like the greats with practical music theory, conceptual breakdowns, and an extensive library of professionally-produced backing tracks.
How to Solo on Chords
Sam is a jazz guitarist at heart, so we'll kick off the class with an exploration of what it means to "play the changes" when soloing.
In this section, you'll start honing your skills right away by soloing over five different chord progressions from modern and iconic artists.
Know the pentatonic scale? Great. That's your foundation.
Next, we'll break down new sounds and scales you can use to fuel new melodic possibilities when soloing. This section is a fantastic resource that'll serve you for the rest of your soloing days.
There's a reason it's called the "art" of soloing.
In this section, Sam breaks down the subjective side of improvising. These lessons will help you tell a more compelling musical story with your guitar.
We’ll wrap up the class by using four songs as case studies for theory-fueled soloing. This section is a great way to practice playing the changes.
Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.
Part I. How to Solo on Chords
Learn how to outline the harmony of a song in your solo.
Jazz is different from other styles of music like rock and blues in that, when you solo, you outline the harmony of chords as they're being played (AKA "play the changes"), rather than blanketing a song with one scale, or just throwing in some jazzy licks.
In Part I, Sam will walk you through his improvisational approach to five popular chord progressions. For each one, Sam solos over it, breaks down the theory and expressive concepts behind his solo, then sets you up to craft your own solo.
Part II. Scale Library
Fuel your melodic vocabulary.
In this section, we have a wealth of scales and theory for you to refer to and revisit. For each scale, Sam will break down how to play it in two positions and talk you through the theory behind it. This Scale Library is a great way to learn how to play scales and deepen your understanding of music theory.
Part III. Improvisational Concepts
Demistify the subjective side of soloing.
In this section, Sam will introduce you to 10 expressive soloing concepts like phrasing, syncopation, repetition, articulation and more.
For each concept, Sam will demonstrate an example – then, you can use the provided backing track to internalize the concept for yourself. Setting artificial restrictions to improvise within is a great way to hone your soloing skills. This is a tried-and-true approach that's taught in college jazz programs.
Part IV. Practical Music Theory
We'll cap off the class with an excursion into theory land.
To wrap up the class, we'll explore the theory behind soloing possibilities for four songs.
Music theory, in a practical jazz context, helps us understand how chords work and what notes we can play over them. If you’re just starting out, all the different chords and their associated scales can quickly get overwhelming.
While there's a lot to cover, the good news is that jazz repeats itself. There are a finite number of scales and chord progressions that you need to learn, and you'll quickly start to recognize patterns as you work your way through a few songs and jazz standards.
The learning curve is steep – but only at the beginning. Expect music theory to be difficult and tedious at the start but easy once you’re over the initial hump.
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